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How different is it really? – rural and urban primary students’ use of ICT in mathematics

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posted on 2011-06-01, 00:00 authored by Yook-Kin Loong, Brian Doig, Susie GrovesSusie Groves
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers the potential for changing mathematics education for both teachers and students. However, how ICT is used, and by whom, is critical to realizing this potential. This paper reports on an investigation of the use of ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics in rural and urban primary schools in Victoria, Australia. Thirty-six teachers and almost 700 students were surveyed regarding their use of ICT for mathematics at home and at school, with a small number of selected teachers and students taking part in interviews. This paper focuses on students’ perceptions of ICT use. A comparison of rural and urban students’ responses shows little difference across most aspects of ICT use, and where there was a difference, the frequency of rural use almost always exceeded that in urban schools.

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Journal

Mathematics education research journal

Volume

23

Issue

2

Pagination

189 - 211

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Location

Dordrecht, Netherlands

ISSN

1033-2170

eISSN

2211-050X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

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